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2 Days in the Suffolk Area

Melbourne Australia
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2 Days in the Suffolk Area

Hi We are staying at Bury St Edmonds for 2 days in June, We would like to know what are the things to see and do in the area that should not be missed, we are from Australia with a hire car,so even unknown places would be great that only the locals know about Etc

Regards Kim

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: 2 Days in the Suffolk Area

Lots of lovely countryside and pretty villages in the area

Bury itself is a really nice town - a proper market town with a very ancient centre, don't miss the ruined Abbey in the beautiful gardens with the cathedral next door, there are a couple of small museums, a lot of good pubs and restaurants, there's also a perfectly preserved (and still working) Regency theatre and of course the brewery next door with the tours and free samples ;-)

Out of town Ickworth (2 miles SW) in the village of Horringer is worth a visit, it's a stately home with a unique rotunda in a lovely deer park. Also to the south there is the medieval town of Lavenham - amazing buildings - and Long Melford, which has two stately homes, Kentwell is brilliant, it's privately owned so some of the descriptions used are amusing

This area to the south of BSE features lovely rolling green countryside, would be worth a tour stopping at Lavenham and Melford and driving through and around villages in the Stour Valley like Clare, Cavendish, Hartest, Stoke by Nayland, Kersey etc and down to "Constable Country" around East Bergholt and Dedham

To the north of BSE there is Thetford Forest. Lots of cycling/riding/walking opportunities here, if you have kids there's a brilliant activity centre at High Lodge. Also another couple of historic sites here if you like that sort of thing, West Stow reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village and Grimes Graves (prehistoric flint mines)

To the west of the town Newmarket is very close - the home of British horseracing with two famous racecourses, you can't miss the influence everywhere in the town and there's a small museum. Also Cambridge isn't far if you aren't visiting already on your travels

Then to the east of the town (about a hour's drive away) the Suffolk coast is absolutely lovely if you get the chance to get out there.

What sort of things do you like doing?










Melbourne Australia
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2. Re: 2 Days in the Suffolk Area

Hi Thank you for that great extensive read,we have so much to visit.

We love the beach, anything about WW11,local history,meeting the locals,nice food at a good pub or restaurant,looking at lovely scenery,like tours about the towns, its just me and my husband,we are late 40s early 50s

Thanks Kim

Edited: 2:56 am, April 09, 2011
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Have a look at this website. Definitely worth a visit.

Hope you have a lovely holiday to UK

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4. Re: 2 Days in the Suffolk Area

Bury is my home town and a lovely place. Pintpot has given you good info. The market takes place on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Our favourite place to eat in the town is the Old Cannon Brewery, which also brews fabulous beer! The newish Eaterie at the Angel Hotel is also very good - overlooking the Angel Hill and Abbey ruins.

Suffolk churches are famous and you'll see some wonderful examples in even the smallest villages. They were often built from the proceeds of the very lucrative medieval wool trade. The ones in Lavenham and Long Melford are particularly impressive.

For local interest in Bury I'd recommend Moyses Hall museum - it includes some of the Saxon remains dug up in the area. I recall as a child watching some of them being excavated when they were building new housing.

Suffolk is a great county but often overlooked by tourists - hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Edited: 1:19 pm, April 09, 2011
Sydney, Australia
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Most of the WWII things in the area are air-related; there are WWII airbases all over the place, in 2 or 3 places still in use by RAF or USAF, mostly now they are private flying clubs, farms, minor motor racing venues or in one case a prison. You might spot them whilst driving around, flat bits of land with minimal trees, roads that bend in sharp corners following an old airfield boundary, sometimes a disused control tower or radio mast.......it's said in 1943 1 in 6 people in Suffolk was an American, it was one of the centres of Bomber Command on account of its relative proximity to Holland & Germany. You'll spot the odd pub called "The Flying Fortress" or similar as well

Obvious place to start for WWII things is the air branch of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, an old base just south of Cambridge - the exhibitions are fantastic.

The other place that springs to mind is Bawdsey Manor on the coast near Woodbridge, about 45 minutes east of BSE. It was a top-secret base for the development of radar in the 1930s, there's an exhibition there too but it's only open occasionally. Could be tied in with a day trip to the coast, there's any number of great historical sites there - Sutton Hoo saxon burial site, Orford Castle and the boat trip to the haunting Orford Ness, a weird bird sanctuary/1950s atomic weapon research centre, the attractive fishing port of Aldeburgh with lots of Benjamin Britten links (see Snape link you've been given above), the drowned port of Dunwich (a large city in mediaeval times, now reduced to a single street, a pub, an ace fish & chip cafe on the shingle beach in front of the crashing surf as it eats away at the crumbling cliffs) and the picture perfect Edwardian seaside resort of Southwold. Inland you have a number of attractive towns like Framlingham and Woodbridge

Local history, there are many small museums around with that sort of thing - morgana has already given you Moyse's Hall which is well worth a visit. There's a nice little local history museum at Clare too (the Ancient House) and a couple of others around

For food & drink, there are tons of excellent dining pubs dotted around the countryside. The Swan, Angel and Great House in Lavenham, the Black Lion at Long Melford, the George at Cavendish, the Queen's Head in Hawkedon, the White Horse at Whepstead, the Crown at Bildeston all spring to mind. In BSE itself I second the Cannon Brewery and Angel, also the Fox (next to the walled bridge where the river leaves the abbey grounds) is very good and Pea Porridge (near the Old Cannon) is superb. Maison Bleue very good (quite posh) also, and there are a number of good chains

For pubs in Bury, the Fox & Cannon also serve for that and there are a few others worth looking at - the Dog & Partridge is a legendary watering hole (opposite the brewery), and don't miss the Nutshell, Britain's smallest pub

Melbourne Australia
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6. Re: 2 Days in the Suffolk Area

Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply to my post especially pintpot your information has been so informative, we will go to The Imperial War Museum in Duxford, go to the coast etc, Thanks so much we cant wait to visit your hometown.

Regards Kim

Aubrey, Texas
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7. Re: 2 Days in the Suffolk Area

You've received excellent advice. I'll only add a bit for places already mentioned. Woodbridge has a lovely old tide mill and harbor with nice walks along the River Deben. Across the river, Sutton Hoo is one of the most important Anglo-Saxon sites in England; the story of how it was found is fascinating. If you go to Aldeburgh, which I recommend, you might be interested in Martello Tower, an impressive 200 year-old relic of the times when England was battling Napoleon. It isn't open, but it's worth a walk around. Constable country is lovely. We especially enjoyed visiting Flatford Mill to see Willy Lott's cottage, having seen The Haywain in the National Gallery.

Edited: 7:13 am, April 27, 2011
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As you like WWII related stuff, also take a peek at http://www.493bgdebach.co.uk.



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I hope you enjoy your visit to Bury St Edmunds. There are plenty of attractions to keep you occupied in Bury. The beautiful Abbey Gardens located on Angel Hill are a must for any visitor. The Tourist Information centre is located on Angel Hill and there you can buy tickets for guided walks around the town. If you are visiting Bury on the 19th June, there is something special happening, the Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds. Locals open their gardens once a year and raise money for charity. This is the link if you require any further information.


If you would like to sample the local beer, Greene King have a museum and do tours of the brewery. The best 'watering hole' for a taste of real ale is The Dove, this is a link to their website:


There is so much to see and do that I'm sure you will want to come back! I've lived here 24 years and wouldn't want to live anywhere else!

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10. Re: 2 Days in the Suffolk Area

The Thorpe Abbotts 'Mighty Eighth' WWII airfield museum might be worth a visit for your WWII interest - and there's a deserted WWII USAAF airfield on the outskirts of Lavenham (with a renovated control tower) that you might be interested in. Lavenham itself is beautiful.